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#226 wacmedia

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 04:43 AM

Hi,

 

I think its sensible to charge without the sides as I can't corn and I would be paying for something I can't eat. Some of those burgers nearly give me a heart attack looking at them. :D :scared:


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#227 Evil Penevil

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 10:10 PM

I had the planked pork tenderloin at Harry's on Soi Diana last night. It was very tasty and filling for 195 baht.

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It consisted of two pieces of tender pork on a bed of mixed vegetables and brown gravy surrounded by mashed potatoes. A grilled tomato, a piece of sweet corn, two bacon-wrapped spears of asparagus and bearnaise sauce were the other accompaniments.   

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I've seen more attractive presentations of Swedish plankstek, but there was nothing wrong with the taste.

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Bottom line: I wouldn't hesitant to order it again.  I'll also be back to try the version with imported Australian beef, but that is double the price limit for this thread.

 

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Posted 18 July 2018 - 03:18 AM

Rinapp Ristorante is a small Italian restaurant on Soi 13/1 (Soi Yamato) between 2nd Road and Beach Road. I had the pasta alla puttanesca (whore's pasta) a couple of days ago, It was good but not great at 290 baht.

 

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I had a choice of pasta (linguine, penne or spaghetti) and I picked spaghetti.  Several explanations exist as to why it's called whore's pasta. The most likely is that puttanesca is a quick and easy sauce invented by prostitutes who had only a short time to prepare meals between customers.  Another explanation claims it got its name because the sauce "has everything in it."  Garlic, capers, anchovies, chili and black olives add taste to the tomato-based sauce.

 

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The sauce was good but lacked the "big flavors" that puttanescais supposed to have. I thought the chef had been a bit stingy with the anchovies and olives. The portion was also a bit small for 290 baht.

 

Bottom line:  I'll be back to try some other Italian dishes on Rinapp's extensive menu.

 

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 08:33 PM

Time for an update on Hachiban Ramen 8 in Tukcom.  I did a longer review here, so I won't repeat the basics.

 

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A few days ago I had the cold noodles in a lemony sauce with Japanese roast pork, egg, shrimp, cucumber and ham, garnished with pickled ginger and a dab of mayonnaise.

 

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It was good at 98 baht.  The lemon sauce was particularly tasty.  Water cost 18 baht for a bottle, so the total bill was 116 baht.

 

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Yesterday I was back at Tukcom and tried a set meal at 155 baht for pork noodle soup, six pieces of gyoza and a glass of Coke. 

 

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Again, it was good and quite filling.

 

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It's not the most exciting Japanese food I've had in Pattaya, but it goes down easily and is fine for a quick meal in a sit-down restaurant with A/C.

 

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Bottom line:  I don't think I would make a special trip to eat at Ramen 8, but when I'm in Tukcom the next time and feel hungry, I won't hesitate to try it again

 

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Edited by Evil Penevil, 20 July 2018 - 08:35 PM.

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#230 Chang_paarp

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 11:54 PM

The funny thing about Puttanesca is that it does not have any meat in it. 


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 04:08 AM

Time for an update on Hachiban Ramen 8 in Tukcom.  I did a longer review here, so I won't repeat the basics.
 

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A few days ago I had the cold noodles in a lemony sauce with Japanese roast pork, egg, shrimp, cucumber and ham, garnished with pickled ginger and a dab of mayonnaise.
 

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It was good at 98 baht.  The lemon sauce was particularly tasty.  Water cost 18 baht for a bottle, so the total bill was 116 baht.
 

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Yesterday I was back at Tukcom and tried a set meal at 155 baht for pork noodle soup, six pieces of gyoza and a glass of Coke. 

 

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Again, it was good and quite filling.
 

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It's not the most exciting Japanese food I've had in Pattaya, but it goes down easily and is fine for a quick meal in a sit-down restaurant with A/C.
 
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Bottom line:  I don't think I would make a special trip to eat at Ramen 8, but when I'm in Tukcom the next time and feel hungry, I won't hesitate to try it again
 
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#232 Evil Penevil

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

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Freshly made gnocchi (potato-filled dumplings) with ground beef sauce at Pizza Italy off Soi Bukhao for 220 baht.  This is a hearty dish perhaps better suited for snowy winter evenings than the tropical heat of Thailand, so fresh gnocchi is hard to find  in Pattaya.

 

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Pizza Italy can also be find hard to find, or at least explain where it is. However, the map is NOT to scale.  Pizza Italy is close to Soi 15  and much closer to Soi Diana than Pattaya Tai.

 

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Consistently good Italian food by an Italian chef at reasonable prices. 

 

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Edited by Evil Penevil, 02 August 2018 - 03:04 AM.

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Posted 25 July 2018 - 11:45 PM

Pizza Italy has a pretty enthusiastic crew.  From its Facebook page:

 

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The caption of the photo below was "GNOCCHI- My passion."  

 

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Edited by Evil Penevil, 02 August 2018 - 03:07 AM.

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 09:46 AM

Hi Evil can i ask you to review a little French restaurant Le Freelax down the Soi behind the Buffalo bar.


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Posted 26 July 2018 - 04:54 PM

Hi Evil can i ask you to review a little French restaurant Le Freelax down the Soi behind the Buffalo bar.

 

 Yes,  I'd be happy to try.  I have been to Le Freelax twice, but no luck either time.  First time it was closed, second time it was full.  It wasn't actually, but they were holding tables for regular customers.  Would anyone happen to know the hours at Le Freelax?

 

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Edited by Evil Penevil, 26 July 2018 - 05:00 PM.

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Posted 26 July 2018 - 06:21 PM

I searched and could only find a phone number on multiple links

 

+66 89 752 9656


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Posted 02 August 2018 - 02:49 AM

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For a late night snack or even a light meal, Yakuza Burger on Soi Marine (aka Soi Lucky Star)  just off Walking Street has been a safe bet for a long time. It's open until 6.00 a.m. every day. While most noted for its burgers (beef, chicken and fish), it also serves up hot dogs, toasties, panini, fried shrimp, chicken nuggets and spaghetti. 

 

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Everything is cooked to order in front of the customer.  The grill, food preparation area and counter were very clean, which isn't always the case at hamburger stalls. You sit on a stool at the counter, but it was more comfortable than the butt-assaulting stools at similar burger stands.

 

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This morning at 3.15 a.m. I had the 99-baht cheeseburger.  It consisted of a thick beef patty, a slice of processed cheese, fried onion, tomato and lettuce on a toasted sesame bun.  The ingredients were fresh and it tasted fine.  It's not a large burger, but it was enough for me at that hour.

 

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The friendly cook asked me to take her picture.

 

Bottom line:  This is one of my go-to places for a quick hamburger or hot dog after a night on WS.  There was a steady stream past Yakuza Burger of girls who' work in bars that close at 3.00 a.m.  Some of them smiled at me very invitingly.

 

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 03:39 AM

I was hoping she had a green badge but then again I am incorigible.


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Posted 02 August 2018 - 10:38 AM


 

The sauce was good but lacked the "big flavors" that puttanescais supposed to have. I thought the chef had been a bit stingy with the anchovies and olives. The portion was also a bit small for 290 baht.


 

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Hi,

 

Anchovies are expensive in Europe, maybe the same there ?


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Posted 16 August 2018 - 04:08 PM

I tried Wednesday's special at Retox Game On (Soi Honey near 2nd Road)  by accident.  I was walking past, it started to rain and I didn't have an umbrella, so I ducked in to have dinner while I waited for the rain to stop.
 
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Conceptually, the day's special sounded a bit weird to me.  Why serve Chinese chicken balls with chips and curry sauce?   Was that what made it "English style?" Anyway, I gave it a try. I asked if I could substitute extra fried rice for the chips and the waitress readily agreed.
 
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I'm including this in the "Good" thread because the chicken balls themselves were very nice- lightly battered pieces of chicken breast, fried crispy but juicy on the inside. 
 
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I was less impressed with the rest of the meal.  The curry sauce was the blandest I've ever tasted-  no heat and almost no curry flavor.  The egg fried rice couldn't have fried for long, if at all. It seemed to me it was boiled rice mixed with peas and bits of fried egg. It tasted OK, but could have done with some seasoning.
 
Why in the world Retox didn't serve the chicken balls with a sweet and sour sauce on the side I can't begin to guess.  That strikes me as a more natural pairing than curry sauce and chips.  I livened up my chicken balls and rice with a few splashes of Tabasco and seasoning sauce from the condiment box. 
 
Portion size isn't a major concern for me.  I'd rather have a modest amount of good food on my plate than a heaping portion of mediocre or poor food.  The special consisted of eight chicken balls and rice.  It was OK for me as I wasn't very hungry,  but I can imagine others would find it rather meager, even with chips.  There are farang restaurants nearby where you can get a bigger meal for 150 baht or under.
 
Retox Game On is offering Hanoi Beer from Viet Nam at 95 baht. It also has an "all-you-can-drink" offer on Tiger draft on Mondays between 6.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. for 499 baht.
 
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Bottom line:  For me,  it was a good meal because of the quality of the chicken balls.  I'm less sure it was a good special at 149 baht.
 
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